My Year in Books ~ 2019

2019 Year in Books

2019 was the first year I actually recorded every book I read. I wish I had done this all along! Since I recorded everything, I can easily share my favorites with you as well as ALL 50 of the books I read! You’ll notice I like to read a lot of middle grade fiction, partly to preview books for my kids and partly because I enjoy it!

I added all of the books I read in 2019 to an Amazon Shop here so you could browse easily.Books I Read in 2019 Amazon

I am a distracted reader so if a book isn’t going to get at least 3 stars from me I normally stop reading it. This is why you’ll notice a majority of my ratings are 4 and 5 stars. I simply stop if it isn’t good. I don’t have time for books that bore me. A few of the 3 star books were difficult for me to get through, but if I make it halfway I will push through!

My Favorites

It was hard to narrow my favorites down but I wanted to highlight my five favorite books. Honestly most of my 5 star books could be in the top 5, but I did my best to choose five!

My Top 5 Books of 2019

  1. Running For My Life
  2. Before We Were Yours
  3. A Long Walk to Water
  4. The Night Diary
  5. Calling Me Home

My Other 5 Star Books

  1. Finding Gobi
  2. Bud Not Buddy
  3. Beyond the Bright Sea
  4. The Length of a String
  5. Esperanza Rising
  6. I Love You Michael Collins
  7. Race the Night
  8. Chains
  9. Stella By Starlight
  10. The Lions of Little Rock
  11. The Mighty Miss Malone
  12. Sylvia & Aki
  13. Unbroken
  14. Sugar

Books I Read Aloud With My Kids

Most of these are books I read to my daughter, who is 10 and in 5th grade – see her reading list here. She is an avid reader and reads tons on her own and we always have a book that we read together. I let her choose and we often have different opinions at the end of the book. She loves fantasy and I prefer realistic fiction, which is probably why!

I have a book I read aloud to both of my younger kids {5th and 8th grade currently} and it takes us longer to get through these since getting them together is difficult due to my son’s gymnastics schedule.

Books I Read Aloud To My Kids 2019

  1. A Long Walk to Water {read to both kids}
  2. Endling
  3. The Wild Robot Escapes
  4. Harry Potter #1
  5. Granted
  6. Wonderland
  7. Sing Down the Moon
  8. Still Reading – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind {reading to both kids}
  9. Still Reading – Harry Potter # 2

ALL of the Books I Read in 2019

You can browse my ratings for each book I read in 2019 on goodreads here. You will see 3, 4, and 5 star ratings because I stop reading if it won’t get at least a 3!

Year in Books 2019 goodreads

Looking Ahead

You can follow along with my 2020 reading challenge here. I like to load up book ideas in goodreads so I always know what to read next. I use Libby to read books for free through my library and also check books out from the library. I prefer reading on my Kindle so if it’s on Libby I will choose to read the digital copy! See what is on my reading list here and see what I am currently reading here!



Thanksgiving Books for Kids with Editable Checklists

Thanksgiving Books Editable Library Checklist

November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving in the USA. Many people have different traditions and histories surrounding this holiday. I have gathered a few different categories of books so you can focus on what your family enjoys! There’s a turkey book list, a list about books focused on thankfulness, books for tots, books featuring favorite characters, and more. Choose the books you will enjoy with your family! All of the lists can be downloaded at the bottom of this post in one PDF file!

Print out our book checklists and get to the library to grab some fun THANKSGIVING books for your kids! Want to add more books to your list? Just edit the PDF and print it out after you add in the other books you want to grab! 

Want to purchase some of these great books? See them all here on Amazon! 

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Click on each graphic to see specific book categories:

Books about THANKFULNESS for Kids   Thanksgiving Books Featuring Characters

Thanksgiving Books for Babies and Tots   Turkey Books for Kids

More THANKSGIVING fun…

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Looking for more Thanksgiving Theme Ideas for your classroom or homeschool?

Thanksgiving Printables and Ideas for Kids

Download your free THANKSGIVING BOOK CHECKLISTS here!

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Pumpkin Books for Kids with Editable Library Checklist

Pumpkin Books Editable Library Checklist

Print out our book checklist and get to the library to grab some fun PUMPKIN books for your kids! Want to add more books to your list? Just edit the PDF and print it out after you add in the other books you want to grab!  Want to purchase some of these great pumpkin books? See them all here on Amazon! 

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Pumpkin Books for Kids

A pumpkin theme in October is wonderful for Tot School, Preschool, Kindergarten and beyond!  Investigating the life cycle of a pumpkin is a great way to teach young kids so much about science!

More PUMPKIN fun…

Looking for more Pumpkin Theme Ideas for your classroom or homeschool? Give these links a look:

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Download your free PUMPKIN BOOK CHECKLIST here!

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Fall Books for Kids with Editable Library Checklist

Fall Books Editable Library Checklist

Print out our book checklist and get to the library to grab some fun FALL books for your kids! Want to add more books to your list? Just edit the PDF and print it out after you add in the other books you want to grab!  Want to purchase some of these great fall books? See them all here on Amazon! 

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Fall Books for Kids

A fun fall theme is wonderful for Tot School, Preschool, Kindergarten and beyond!  Investigating leaves and seasonal changes in fall is a great way to teach young kids so much about science! So much happens in fall, it can fill an entire month or more of study!

More FALL fun…

Looking for more Fall Theme Ideas for your classroom or homeschool? Give these links a look:

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Download your free FALL BOOK CHECKLIST here!

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Apple Books for Kids with Editable Library Checklist

Apple Books Editable Library Checklist

Print out our book checklist and get to the library to grab some fun APPLE books for your kids! Want to add more books to your list? Just edit the PDF and print it out after you add in the other books you want to grab!  Want to purchase some of these great apple books? See them all here on Amazon! 

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Apple Books for Kids

An apple theme in fall is fun for Tot School, Preschool, Kindergarten and beyond!  Investigating apples is a great way to teach young kids so much about science!

More APPLE fun…

Looking for more Apple Theme Ideas for your classroom or homeschool? Give these links a look:

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Download your free APPLE  BOOK CHECKLIST here!

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